Scientists Find a Paradoxical Explanation For The Munchies

A study published in this week's issue of Nature sheds new light on why pot makes you really really hungry – even when you should feel full. » 2/20/15 1:50pm 2/20/15 1:50pm

​2500 Year-Old Tattooed Siberian Mummy Had Breast Cancer, Used Marijuana

In 1993, Russian scientist Natalia Polosmak discovered the remains of a 25-year-old woman covered in tattoos who came to be known as the Ukok Princess. Now, an MRI has revealed that the young woman was suffering from breast cancer as well as a bone marrow infection at the time of her death, and scientists have stated… » 10/18/14 6:20pm 10/18/14 6:20pm

The New Science of Drug Testing: The Sewers Never Lie

Scientists are dipping into city sewers in search of drugs. Why? The same reason people on parole take urine tests instead of surveys. You can always lie on a questionnaire; outwitting your toilet, on the other hand, can be a bit more challenging. » 9/19/12 9:25am 9/19/12 9:25am

An ad for Maltos-Cannabis, the most cannabis-o-riffic food supplement…

Historically speaking, cannabis has been used for a whole slew of tinctures, potions, and other such miracle cures. But for the "nervous persons, weak children, and convalescents" of the 1890s, there was Maltos-Cannabis, a nutritious weight-gaining supplement that set the consumer back a mere 75 cents a can. » 9/12/12 7:00am 9/12/12 7:00am

Synthetic weed may cause heart attacks, but it's tough to ban

Spice, Blaze, K2, Red X Dawn. Any of them sound familiar? They're different brands of synthetic pot — psychoactive drugs (commonly marketed in head shops as incense) which contain chemicals that, much like the THC in marijuana, act on the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. Sounds peachy, right? There's a catch.… » 7/18/12 10:25am 7/18/12 10:25am

Is marijuana unhealthier than people think?

As medical and recreational use of marijuana continues to grow, a dangerous lack of awareness about its health risks could be putting millions of lives at risk. This is the conclusion reached by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), a leading charity that is worried about the "alarming disconnect" between the public… » 6/07/12 10:40am 6/07/12 10:40am

What cannabis actually does to your brain

Archaeologists recently found a 2,700-year-old pot stash, so we know humans have been smoking weed for thousands of years. But it was only about 20 years ago that neuroscientists began to understand how it affects our brains. » 4/20/12 12:00pm 4/20/12 12:00pm

How many joints would you have to smoke to die of a marijuana overdose?

The short answer? An absolutely comical amount, perhaps lit by a jet engine. It would also help if you owned a residence in Toontown or were physically a Tex Avery illustration. In a 1988 DEA brief, Judge Francis Young did the math and broke down just how much sticky-icky it would take to off you entirely: » 3/08/12 7:15am 3/08/12 7:15am

This is what your brain on drugs really looks like

Scientists this week published a study that reveals what the human brain looks like under the influence of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical found in magic mushrooms. » 1/25/12 9:05am 1/25/12 9:05am

Participate in the largest drug-use survey ever conducted

Drugs play a huge role in our lives, but it's hard to find in-depth research on how people take them and what effect it has on their lives. Here's your chance to help change that. » 11/25/11 11:30am 11/25/11 11:30am

Should we dig up Shakespeare's body to find out if he smoked pot?

That's the question currently before the Church of England, as an archaeologist has proposed examining William Shakespeare's remains. If nothing else, this is our chance to find out whether Shakespeare wrote the greatest works in the English language...on weed. » 6/28/11 10:41am 6/28/11 10:41am

What cannabis actually does to your brain

Archaeologists recently found a 2,700-year-old pot stash, so we know humans have been smoking weed for thousands of years. But it was only about 20 years ago that neuroscientists began to understand how it affects our brains. » 4/20/11 7:25pm 4/20/11 7:25pm

The scientific breakthrough that will turn cannabis into the new aspirin

Yesterday scientists announced that they'd discovered a way to harness the painkilling powers of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, while eliminating the high. What this means is that a special, non-hallucinatory version of THC could become the new aspirin. » 4/04/11 8:00am 4/04/11 8:00am

And now, proof that the FDA of 1932 was asleep at the wheel

It may seem obvious now that your Excedrin isn't loaded with heroin, but consumers of the 1930s couldn't be too careful. This pearl of wisdom comes to you from a June 1932 issue of Modern Mechanics. [Modern Mechanix] » 8/10/10 4:22pm 8/10/10 4:22pm

The Mysterious Chemical That Eases Pain, But Also Causes It

Endocannabinoids are the body's natural form of THC, a chemical in marijuana that can ease pain. Now a new study shows this chemical is a double-edged sword, making people more sensitive to pain too. Could endocannabinoids be used for torture? » 8/06/09 11:00am 8/06/09 11:00am

Sinus Infection? Try Marijuana!

Good news and bad news, pot smokers. Marijuana contains highly-effective antibiotics that could be the key to stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But unfortunately if you smoke the stuff, you become more vulnerable to infection — probably due to smoke damage in your lungs. Nevertheless, your prescription for… » 10/14/08 4:30pm 10/14/08 4:30pm